A traditional kitchen design using modern materials breathes new life into this beautiful period London home
When Susie Harraway and her husband James found the period property in London’s Heaver Estate conservation area, it was love at first sight, but they knew it would need work. ‘The house hadn’t been touched in 40 years,’ explains Susie. ‘There were floorboards missing, four or five layers of wallpaper on the walls and the kitchen hadn’t been extended at all. But it had lots of character and beautiful period features – high ceilings, cornicing and original tiles on the floor.’
Susie spent her maternity leave project managing the sympathetic renovation of the house, with a focus on preserving the tradition of the building. ‘In the kitchen, I wanted to create a space that was modern but elegant. It needed to be traditional but sophisticated, simple and clean.’
Having lived in New York, Susie knew Crittall windows and doors would play a starring role in the new kitchen space, which the couple extended to the back and side, creating a larger, taller area. ‘I lived in an apartment in the West Village which had wonderful windows, and wanted to replicate this,’ says Susie.
Using Pinterest to create moodboards, along with her creative expertise as a fashion designer, Susie put together a clear brief for the team at Blakes London to get to work on. ‘The symmetry of the design was important for me,’ she explains. ‘I wanted to be able to look from the garden into the kitchen and see the tap and the marble being central to the room, with the cabinetry either side. Everything needed to flow from the kitchen.’
The result is an elegant, welcoming and sociable space, which the couple’s daughters – three-year-old Charlotte and Arabella, aged one – love to play in. ‘The girls adore it because they’ve got so much space now. We do a lot of baking in the kitchen together and my eldest daughter also enjoys sitting at the table with her glitter, glue and paints. They will often play while we cook, and it’s lovely being able to spend our time together in there.
Photography by: Malcolm Menzies
Styling by: Cassie Pryce
Article by: Molly Forbes